Mannie Rodriguez

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Mannie Rodriguez (born c. 1950[1]) is a member of the Democratic National Committee from Colorado. The owner of a halfway house operation in Denver, Colorado, Rodriguez was elected to the DNC in 2004. As a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Rodriguez publicly supported Hillary Clinton before Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Biography[edit]

Rodriguez, a resident of Denver, Colorado[2] was the founder of Independence House in 1976, an adult community corrections program that operates residential and non-residential facilities in the Denver region for clients referred to them by criminal justice agencies. He remains the owner of the privately run program.[3][4] Rodriguez is married; he and his wife, Corinne, have two grown children: Robert and Rose Marie.[1]

Rodriguez was elected to one of three seats on the Democratic National Committee from Colorado in 2004, after having served as the second vice chair of the Colorado Democratic Party.[5] During his term, he was heavily involved in fundraising for Colorado Democrats, including raising $20,000 for Ken Salazar's U.S. Senate race and the Congressional campaigns of John Salazar and Ed Perlmutter. In 2007, he announced his candidacy for a second term representing Colorado on the DNC.[6] He is also a member of the DNC's Hispanic Caucus.[7]

As a member of the Democratic National Committee, he is a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In 2007, he announced his intention to vote for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.[8] Despite calls from supporters of Barack Obama to change his support in light of Obama's landslide win in Colorado's February 2008 caucuses, Rodriguez pledged to vote for Clinton should there be a brokered convention,.[9] However, after Obama became the Democrats' presumptive nominee in June, Rodriguez declared public support for Obama,[10] and in September he was named to the Colorado Latino Advisory Council for Obama's campaign.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bartels, Lynn; Chris Barge (9 June 2008). "Meet state's superdelegates". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. ^ Current DNC Members[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 403 Forbidden
  4. ^ Community Corrections Facilities Archived 2008-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ DemNotes Archived 2008-06-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Voices of the Colorado Dems » Blog Archive » Mannie Rodriguez Announces for DNC 2008 Archived 2008-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ HispanicTips » » Colorado DNC Hispanic Caucus Members Applaud the Selection of Denver to Host the 2008 National Democratic Convention Archived 2008-06-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Paulson, Steven K. (30 October 2007). "Some Colorado superdelegates lining up behind candidates". Denver Post. Archived from the original on 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  9. ^ "Debate intensifies over role of super delegates in Clinton-Obama race - Los Angeles Times". Archived from the original on February 18, 2008.
  10. ^ Griego, Tina (11 August 2008). "GRIEGO: Divisions mean party is no picnic". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  11. ^ "Obama Campaign Announces Colorado Latino Advisory Council" (Press release). BarackObama.com. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17.